Mark Schubert Is Back Stateside And Brinegar, Gallant, and Johnston Head His Way

Mark Schubert has returned stateside after a stint coaching in China and assembled an elite distance crew for his The Swim Team training group.

The headliner is Tokyo 2020 US Olympian Michael Brinegar. Brinegar trained with Schubert in high school, went to Indiana (where he trained for the Olympics), and after the 2021-2022 season turned pro to rejoin Schubert with his newly-formed The Swim Team group.

In spring 2022, Schubert took a 6 month “leave of absence” to coach in China, which wound up turning into almost a year away from his Southern California project. Brinegar left to train at Ohio State in the interim. But in mid-February, Schubert returned, and Brinegar has since resumed his training with the six-time US Olympic coach.

Brinegar finished 9th in the 1500 free (and didn’t swim the 800 free) at US Trials in late June in 15:18.14 before returning to California to train with Schubert. Then, at last week’s USA Swimming Pro Championships, he swam 7:54.88 in the 800 free and 14:59.54 in the 1500 free, the latter of which made him the top US finisher.

The swim in the 800 was close to his season-best, both of which were as fast as he’s been since the 2021 US Olympic Trials while the time in the 1500 was a new personal best and would have placed him 3rd at US Trials if he had done it in June.

Speaking of US Trials in June, among the swimmers who will be joining Schubert and TST going forward are the two guys who finished 3rd and 4th at Trials. Will Gallant from NC State and David Johnston from Texas are both heading to Southern California to train with Schubert, giving that group three of the five fastest Americans this year in the 1500. Those two are expected to start later this week.

Johnston has one season of collegiate eligibility remaining, plus the COVID year, after scoring 43 individual points for Texas at last year’s NCAA Championship meet. He finished 17th at last week’s World Championships in the men’s 400 free.

Gallant was the 2023 NCAA Champion in the 1650 free for NC State and also has one year of eligibility remaining, plus his optional COVID year.

Gallant, El Kamash, and Brinegar all swam at Indiana for at least part of their college careers.

Others joining The Swim Team going forward:

  • Egyptian 29-year-old Marwan El Kamash, who spent some time this year training with the elite Italian distance crew while dealing with injuries. He finished 15th in the 400, 10th in the 800, and 9th in the 1500 at Worlds last week.
  • Dylan Porges Avila from Mexico who will represent the country at the 2023 Pan American Games. He’s an Ivy League Champion and the Princeton record holder in the 500 free.

Tim Teeter, the Executive Director of The Swim Team, says that they are expecting more to join the group in August or September. Isaac Fleig, who is headed to Wisconsin for his freshman season in the fall, began training with Schubert shortly after his return, and Jamie Brennan, who is transferring out of Northwestern next fall, has also been training with him.

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Swim Alchemist
10 months ago

Kind of reminds me of The Race Club and all those sprinters who took an Olympic redshirt year leading up to Beijing 2008. This time, it’s the distance men.

Mike Denes
10 months ago

Does anybody know if his coaching philosophy has changed over the years or is it still animal lane style with tons of yardage?

Dave
Reply to  Mike Denes
10 months ago

Who cares … most importantly it works

James Beam
10 months ago

BTW, what an original name for a team. Will there be a diving program called The Diving Team? Baseball program called The Baseball Team? 😉

Last edited 10 months ago by James Beam
Jon
Reply to  James Beam
10 months ago

Very surprised he didn’t name the team after himself.

Mark Schubert
Reply to  Jon
10 months ago

THE Swim Team as in THE Ohio State University 🙂

Facts
Reply to  James Beam
10 months ago

Washington Football Team says hi

ClubCoach
10 months ago

Brinegar has been training with Schubert since February?

HoosierEli
Reply to  ClubCoach
10 months ago

In the article it says he returned to California after the Trials in June.

James Beam
10 months ago

Wonder how many other swimmers will announce their Olympic trials redshirt year this year…

Wow
10 months ago

This is great news for American distance swimming. Not only is Schubert a proven distance coach, but having the three of them to push each other day-in-and-day-out will certainly be beneficial. Remember, he just coached Li Bingjie to a 5 second drop from her PB in the 400, taking down the world record by nearly 3 seconds in SCM in October. We also just saw her become the second fastest 800m swimmer in LC in history this past week after training with Schubert for the majority of the year.

swimster
Reply to  Wow
10 months ago

any chance Schubert will coach china in the olympics?

Mark Schubert
Reply to  swimster
10 months ago

No

Orange
Reply to  Mark Schubert
10 months ago

Why not? You’ve sold secrets to them

East Coach Coach
Reply to  Orange
10 months ago

Secrets?? Bahahaha! What secrets? I got a secret… if you work hard and smart for 10 years you may win an Olympic gold. Now send me $10000.

Hello
10 months ago

David Johnston is 6th this season in 1500

Mark Schubert
Reply to  Hello
10 months ago

And first at Nationals in the 400 Free.

Anonymous
Reply to  Mark Schubert
10 months ago

The American men are weak in the 400 free.

chickenlamp
10 months ago

to clarify, are Johnston and Gallant going pro? And I’m surprised El Kamash is leaving Indiana–he’s training with Hafnaoui right now

Mark Schubert
Reply to  chickenlamp
10 months ago

Neither are turning Pro. Taking an Olympic Gap year. Then back to school.

chickenlamp
Reply to  Mark Schubert
10 months ago

Thanks for the clarification. Probably several more Olympic red-shirt announcements to come this month

chickenlamp
Reply to  chickenlamp
10 months ago

…good point, that could imply something about Hafnaoui’s plans for the next year

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